Children get a sneak peak at Castle’s £300,000 adventure playground as their ‘imaginations come to life’ – Grantham Journal | Dauktion

“Let your imagination run wild,” says Belvoir Castle’s CEO as it unveils its new £300,000 adventure playground to the public.

The adventure playground, which will officially open on Saturday, October 15, welcomed children from 5th graders at the National School and 3rd graders from St. Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy today (Friday) for a sneak peek before the official opening to throw on the playground.

This came after the schools won a competition among 80 other participating schools to design the playground and this was their reward.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001741)

The children’s shared feeling was that they “loved it” and the playground was “amazing”.

Caleb, a Year 5 student of The National, said: “I love it, but I kept hitting myself. It was just because it was wet and I was going up the ladder and I slipped and my butt was all wet from going down the slide.

“But I love it. It’s the best playground ever!”

The playground was the vision of Lady Alice Manners, second daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, and was built by specialist company CAP.Co.

It is inspired by part of the castle’s history as it was shaped by HMS Revolution commanded by Lord Robert Manners.

A little foretaste of the new adventure playground.  (60002137)
A little foretaste of the new adventure playground. (60002137)

Lady Alice Manners said: “Every playground is a reflection of its surroundings and the history of its home. At Belvoir, a common thread would never tell our whole story, but I wanted to bring in bits and pieces of my father, the Duke, of his tenure, as a tribute to him.

“One of his great loves is Belvoir’s naval history, so that was the ideal place to start. My father published a book in 2017 about Lord Robert, our fascinating ancestor, and his daring exploits as a young seafarer as captain of HMS Resolution.

The children of St. Mary's get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60002125)
The children of St. Mary’s get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60002125)

“And this is where every child’s journey of adventure begins as they weigh anchor and climb aboard HMS Resolution.”

The playground is a duplicate of Belvoir Castle with its multi-storey tower mirroring the castle’s round spire, alongside myriad hidden rooms and winding passageways that take visitors higher and higher above the forest floor.

The witches of Belvoir on the new adventure playground.  (60002034)
The witches of Belvoir on the new adventure playground. (60002034)
The witches of Belvoir on the new adventure playground.  (60001994)
The witches of Belvoir on the new adventure playground. (60001994)
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The witches of Belvoir on the new adventure playground. (60001985)

For toddlers there is a wooden replica of the Duke of Rutland’s 1908 Renault, which he has lovingly restored and raced over the years.

Belvoir Castle CEO Emma Stenning was there to see the children’s imaginations come to life as they let off steam during their exclusive look at the playground.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001932)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001932)

She said: “I can’t imagine being more excited than these kids. It’s so good to see young people here at the playground because we’ve been trying things and making changes all summer when it was built.

“The whole point is that it’s a playground for the whole family and obviously the kids will have the most energy, but if you want to come down and play with your little ones everything is suitable for adults too so come and do it.” with a whole family.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001818)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001818)

“We stand on our homage to HMS Resolution. I think it’s about combining history and learning, but through play and imaginative play.

“I just hope it becomes a really meaningful place for families in the local community. I remember when I was a kid going to playgrounds they weren’t nearly as spectacular as this one but it was something you learned to love and you had your own imagination or storytelling.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001811)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001811)

“I just want Belvoir to be a place where everyone in this local community thinks they can come for a fabulous day. Whether it’s someone who wants to learn about history or someone who wants to run around and go down a crazy slide, there’s something for everyone.”

The new playground opens just in time for the spookiest time of year as a variety of Halloween events will take place between Saturday 15th October and Monday 31st October.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001735)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001735)

Emma added: “We’re going to have the Belvoir witches cast their spells and over in the engine yard we’re going to be doing some magic workshops and it’s all open to the public. Come in and let your imagination run wild!”

In the forest surrounding the playground, there is also the opportunity for children to tell spooky stories and a pumpkin trail with a sweet treat waiting for them at the end.

Other Halloween activities on offer include making lanterns with treats available at the Vale View Café.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001713)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001713)

Admission to the adventure playground is included with all garden tickets priced at £5 per child and £10 per adult – with passes for regular visitors.

For the opening of the adventure playground, Crafts4Kids is giving away goodie bags to the first 50 families who present their adventure playground tickets.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001707)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001707)

Playground-only tickets are also available, priced at £4 per child, £3 per adult or £12 for a family (two adults and three children).

Castle, garden and playground tickets are also available. Annual passes are available which allow unlimited entry to the playground and free parking on the first visit.

The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001673)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001673)
A little foretaste of the new adventure playground.  (60002231)
A little foretaste of the new adventure playground. (60002231)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground.  (60001939)
The children of the National School get a little insight into the new adventure playground. (60001939)

The pass costs £150 for the whole year and allows a family of five.



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